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Bears emerging from dens; take steps to avoid nuisance problems

11:05 AM, Apr. 10, 2013

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As the remaining signs of winter melt away and black bears begin to emerge from their dens, homeowners statewide are encouraged to take precautions to reduce the potential for problems with these hungry bruins.

Natural food sources are limited at this time of year, and bears are often attracted to bird feeders, garbage cans, grills, or other common attractants found in yards, says Brad Koele, Department of Natural Resources wildlife damage specialist.

"Taking steps to remove any food attractants will greatly reduce the likelihood of having problems with bears," said Koele. "Black bears ...

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